Active Plus has five Service Areas each focusing on different demographic needs
Within each area we deliver a range of projects tailored to the aims and objectives of our funders. As a social enterprise we strive to achieve a balanced income from grants, contracts and sales, reinvesting profits into developing our business so that we can support more injured military veterans through our volunteer pathway and on into employment with Active Plus or elsewhere.
Supporting Injured Military Veterans is a cross-cutting theme, and the heart of our business. Our unique delivery model means that unlike many other charities and community interest companies, we are not dependent on grants or donations to fund our work with veterans. Instead we use the skills and experience they gained whilst serving in the armed forces, supporting and developing them to deliver courses that not only generate our income but also prove life-changing for participants and veterans alike.
Active Plus Your Futures supports young people to engage more effectively with their peers, community and school.
Active Plus Works helps unemployed people back into training, education or work.
Active Plus Active Ageing supports older people to build friendships and become active in their communities, reducing isolation and loneliness.
Active Plus Business delivers specialist, motivational and development training for business leaders and their workforce.
Active Plus Health and Wellbeing focusses on wellbeing, condition management, social prescriptions and positive mental health.
Active Ageing: Active Plus brings together military veterans and older people to create a community buzz, building confidence, connections and community. The aim is to get older people more connected in their communities, building confidence and reducing loneliness and isolation.
Active Plus can deliver individual sessions, courses or whole projects that support older people Using a mix of activities, information sessions, discussions and learning practical skills like first aid, ending with a celebration event. After that groups continue to meet, either on their own or with continued support of a military veteran mentor, who will support the group to become sustainable, accessible and inclusive. We encourage and support all our groups to get involved in their local community whether that is through fundraising, community projects, volunteering or giving feedback to local service providers.
Benefits for participants: Older people who are lonely or isolated will become connected and active in their community. This will increase confidence, promote positive health and wellbeing and prevent accidents in the home, helping older people to be independent for longer.
Benefits for local services: Healthier, happier, safer, more confident and informed older people will reduce demand for local health and social care services. Service providers will have a means to engage constructively with older people to get feedback and insight on their services with a view to improving effectiveness and efficiency of delivery.
Benefits for local communities: Communities will be more cohesive, more informed and will champion the contribution of older people as a key resource for the community as a whole.
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Active Plus Works: Across the South West Active Plus is playing an important role in the delivery of a number of the Building Better Opportunities projects, using the skills, experience and expertise of injured military veterans to deliver courses that build confidence, motivation and self-belief, and unlock the potential of the individual participants.
Building Better Opportunities brings together investment from The National Lottery Community Fund and the European Social Fund (ESF) to help people who are most disadvantaged in the labour market to overcome barriers to participation; promoting social and economic inclusion through training, education and work.
With their complementary aims, bringing The National Lottery Community Fund and ESF funds together through the Building Better Opportunities Programme means that more people who are disadvantaged in the labour market across England can access the locally developed help and support they need.
The National Lottery Community Fund aims to put people in the lead of developing solutions to the challenges in their communities, tackling inequality and promoting sustainable social, economic and environmental inclusion.
Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regeneration. For more information visit www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding
With their complementary aims, bringing Big Lottery and ESF funds together through the Building Better Opportunities Programme means that more people who are disadvantaged in the labour market across England can access the locally developed help and support they need. This will vary according to specific local circumstances, but there is strong evidence that in any labour market, people who are out of work or not job ready can become increasingly disadvantaged if they also have additional challenges that impact on their ability to find work.
Exclusion from the labour market can significantly affect health and wellbeing, economic independence and family circumstances. In turn this can impact on people’s confidence and motivation to engage with support services and opportunities that could help them. Building Better Opportunities is therefore not a one size fits all approach but is tailored for communities and individuals.
Health Works for Cornwall: Funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and Cornwall Council this is an into work programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The programme is supporting 5,500 unemployed or economically inactive individuals, who have health-related barriers towards employment.
Active Plus are playing a key role in this partnership, delivering Well to Work courses that build confidence, improve motivation, unlock potential and empower people to embrace change. Our Health Works for Cornwall team support participants through a Seven Steps to Wellness journey, that includes goal setting, employability skills and into work support. They will help people to address any underlying key challenges, remove barriers to employment and develop strategies to break the cycle of ill health.
Cornwall Development Company (CDC) is leading a partnership of 10 local organisations, all of whom have been specifically chosen because of their expertise, based on decades of experience in running programmes with the identified target groups.
For more details contact Lucy on 07415 888830 or email LucyR@activeplus.org.uk
Family Matters: Is part of the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust funded Removing Barriers to Family Life programme which aims to support families and carers of veterans to become more linked to each other and to their wider community, to identify and overcome barriers to constructive family life and to build strategies to build positive relationships, resilience and emotional wellbeing.
Our Veterans Family Coach (VFC)will work with families, discussing and assessing needs against; Family relationships and support network, home & school, health & wellbeing, income & employment and vulnerable individuals.
Working together the the VFC and families will develop a plan that links the family into relevant support that already exists in the community and ensure that any barriers to engagement are overcome. Where assessment highlights a vulnerable individual our support partner CLEAR will provide the most appropriate therapy or counselling.
Families will have access to Active Plus courses and activities that build confidence and motivation and generate a sense of achievement, self-worth and belonging. Activities will improve communication skills and challenge families to look at problems differently and develop joint strategies to address them. Families will undertake courses alongside other veterans families in their area – building connections, shared experience and peer support. Courses and activities will delivered by Active Plus armed forces veterans who will understand and equate to family circumstances and act as inspirational role models for change and success. CLEAR will provide specialist input through healthy relationship and emotional wellbeing sessions as required and courses will be tailored to age range and mix of the group.
Find out more contact: Terrie-Anne, Veterans Family Coach on 07494 056511 email firstname.lastname@example.org
Or call Louise on 01326 567174 email email@example.com
Social Prescribing – Active Plus are part of the Public Health England funded, Volunteer Cornwall led Social Prescription Scheme Cornwall Social Prescribing. Working alongside GP’s our Social Prescribing Link Workers work with individuals, connecting them with their local community facilities to improve their wellbeing and tackle social isolation. People will be referred to a Social Prescribing Link Worker by their GP or other health care professional.
The support given will be non-clinical and could include:-
- Completing an assessment of what support people need (making new friends, learning new skills)
- Finding local support services such as community groups and charities
- Referring people who need support into a range of local services and activities
- Reviewing the progress people make
The Social Prescribing Link Worker will:-
- Actively listen
- Put people at ease and gain their trust
- Agree goals and actions to support the person to move forward
- Have excellent community links and knowledge of provision, working with Volunteer Cornwall’s Community Makers and others in the localities
Active Plus are part of the Volunteer Cornwall led Social Prescription Scheme and have Social Prescription Link Workers supporting the Helston Medical Centre and Bodriggy Surgery in Hayle.